Be audacious

Young teams sometimes talk to me about getting stuck on the work experience merry-go-round and ask me what it takes to go from being on placement to getting a job. I tell them that the stuff they already know – listening, working harder than anyone else in the building and being polite instead of an arsehole – are all essential…but they’re table stakes. As long as those basics are in place, what I’m looking for is people who are audacious and fearless. As an example, I show them this clip. To set a bit of context, Wayne Rooney was 16 years old and this was one of his first Premiership games. In his debut a couple of months earlier, the Spurs fans had booed him and chanted “Who are ya?” every time he touched the balled. Coming into this game, Arsenal were unbeaten for 30 matches and it was deadlocked at 1-1 when Rooney came on with ten minutes to go. There were just 28 seconds on the clock when he did this…

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About antmelder
Creative Partner at DDB Sydney; passionate vegetarian; lover of books, boxing and Bruce Springsteen.

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